Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Treasures of the Heart

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. -Luke 2:19
And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. -Luke 2:51b

What treasures do you keep in your heart? What do you cherish? What do you cling to?

Some things, I know, remain in our hearts always. When did I first meet my beloved? When did I come to know Jesus? Life-shaping events.

Some of us have the ability to recall the minutest details. And to recall and relive them. When Jesus said that that our hearts will be where our treasures are, was he hinting that the condition of my heart might be discerned by that to which I cling?

Jesus also said that our mouths speak out of the overflow of our hearts. What sort of things do you suppose Mary spoke? Did she view life as a contest with score to be kept? Surely Joseph must have wounded her feelings at some point in their marriage. Did she cherish those wounds and drag them forth to flail him with them?

This is not the treasure Scripture indicates, is it?

Can the Holy Spirit co-exist side-by-side in my heart with its treasury of pain, bitterness, anger and resentment? This cannot be the source of love, joy and peace.

What treasures do you keep in your heart?

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed," Luke 10:41-42a

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